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Rubyos Restaurant - Brunch Special

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by Anthea Lau (subscribe)
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Published December 14th 2011
Situated along the bustling King Street near to The University of Sydney is Rubyos, serving contemporary Australian tapas. Decorated by red labels on full-length glass windows, pieces of vivid and attractive artworks attached to the walls, and simple yet elegant sculptural lights, it is a stylish modern dining destination.

At earlier times, I have came across a four-course brunch special designed for two, which I am eager to try but never had the chance. Until last weekend, I finally brought a friend along with me to indulge in a relaxing and pleasant lazy Sunday breakfast at the venue.

Rubyos on King Street

Mini bar and counter

4-course brunch special

Drinks were included in the specials set, therefore my friend had a glass of orange juice while I have chosen Bellini, which is basically a peach nectar topped with sparkling wine. Well, I admit that alcohol was not exactly the healthiest choice to start a day; nonetheless, it was just an occasional treat to celebrate the jolly festive season of December. In fact, perhaps peaches are not in season at the moment, the flavour of the Bellini was quite bland that I could hardly taste the fruity scent of the peach or the obvious sweetness of the cocktail.

Bellini and orange juice

Pieces of grilled sourdough topped with avocado, rocket and tomato with haloumi cheese, the simple Italian open sandwich is no surprise to many. Nevertheless, the sourdough was beautifully toasted with crispy edges throughout while retaining a faint hint of moisture in the middle. Moreover, the splendid mix of salty haloumi cheese, buttery avocado, bitter rocket and sweet tomato created a burst full of flavours, which was rather satisfying.

Mini breakfast bruschetta

Nothing is more comforting than the good old eggs benedict. I especially enjoy the gooey egg yolk oozing out from the centre of the soft cooked eggs, slowly dripping onto the plate. The restaurant delivered perfectly poached eggs on toasts with slices of smoked salmon, finished with creamy golden hollandaise sauce that has carefully balanced flavours, representing everything of the ultimate comfort food to me.

Eggs benedict

Eggs benedict close up

Followed by the savoury eggs and bread was the sweet dish - Ricotta pancakes with vanilla ice cream. Warm pancakes with chilly, creamy ice-cream is almost a guaranteed no-fail combination every single time. My only negative comment would be that the texture of the pancakes were slightly on the tough side, which were not as soft and fluffy as I would prefer. However, the chunky blueberry conserve and maple syrup on top was purely divine, not to mention that the addition of big bits of whole blueberries in the pancakes were absolutely delightful.

Ricotta pancakes

At last, we were presented with an assortment of seasonal fresh fruits. Served with creamy honey yogurt, the final course was indeed a refreshing complement after the previous fulfilling courses.

Fresh cut seasonal fruits

Again, instead of entrees and mains, Rubyos serves modern tapas on general occasions, offering some very appealing "grazing" dishes from Peking Duck Pancakes to Meatballs with Wagyu Beef, and Pistachio and Pear Cake to Passionfruit Brle, plus many more. Its creations somewhat appear to be a fusion of various Asian and western cuisines, and provides an opportunity for patrons to sample more dishes due to the smaller portion sizes, a distinct feature of tapas. On the other hand, it has a trendy cocktail lounge area next to the bar, and caters for large parties and functions as well.

For additional information or enquiries, you can always contact Rubyos by
Phone: 61 2 9557 2689
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Why? A taste of delicious modern Australian tapas
When: Anytime
Where: 18-20 King Street, Newtown
Cost: $25 per person for brunch special
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